Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $33,135
Woo hoo!! And the first 37% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: goldengate

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • After 95 years, a Navy ship lost at sea with all hands is finally discovered

    03/23/2016 1:25:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 91 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-23-2016 | Michael E. Ruane
    The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. It cleared the Golden Gate at 3:25 p.m. and steamed into the Gulf of the Farallones in heavy seas. Conestoga was a rugged oceangoing tug that had once hauled coal barges for a Pennsylvania railroad. But 17 years after its launch in Baltimore, it had undergone hard use and had a reputation as a “wet boat,” one that shipped water easily. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Golden Gate Sunset: Green Flash

    12/03/2015 11:51:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | December 02, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The setting is San Francisco Bay, the time is sunset, and the bridge is the Golden Gate. What you are about to see is an unexpected double sunset ending with a rare green flash. Watch closely -- in the recorded time-lapse sequence, unusually warm air created by bridge traffic refracts sunlight toward the Earth, causing a superior image of the top of the Sun to form. This image will disappear -- marking the first "sunset" -- only after the main image has dipped below the deck. All the while, boats pass in the foreground, cars pass over the bridge,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Golden Gate Eclipse

    04/09/2015 4:05:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | April 09, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Shadows play on the water and in the sky in this panoramic view of the April 4 total lunar eclipse over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Just within planet Earth's shadow the Full Moon's disk is still easy to spot at its brief total phase. The urban night skyscape was composed to cover the wide range of brightness visible to the eye. The shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, this eclipse was also the third in a string of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, a series known as a tetrad. Coming in nearly six month intervals, the previous...
  • Blue Angel pilot gives Golden Gate Bridge flyover during rush hour

    10/24/2014 1:12:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angel pilots recently flew right over the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour, and the moment was perfectly caught on camera by a fan. Tiburon, California, resident Rich Shelton captured Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle fly his F/A-18 right above San Francisco traffic Oct. 9 during Fleet Week. “They don’t always make many passes between the towers, so I was very lucky to catch this shot with my relatively slow camera!” Mr. Shelton told Navy Times. Navy Times reached out to Blue Angels for comment and was assured that all necessary safety precautions were taken...
  • Incredible photo of an F-18 zooming through the Golden Gate bridge

    10/22/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 81 replies
    sploid ^ | 10/13/14 | Rick Shelton
    Rich Shelton loves airplanes and San Francisco, which shows in all his beautiful photos. He was able to take this incredible image of a Blue Angels' F/A-18 zooming through the Golden Gate bridge at Fleet Week in San Francisco.
  • Golden Gate Suicide Record: Number of people jumping to their deaths reach all-time high

    02/27/2014 6:39:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/27/2014 | Howard Richman
    According to The Independent (Golden Gate suicides: Deaths from San Francisco’s famous bridge ‘reached all-time high’ in 2013): The number of people jumping to their deaths from San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge reached an all-time high in 2013, according to a safety watchdog group. Public suicide rates at the California landmark are among the highest in the world, and campaigners have demanded that something be done after 46 people killed themselves there last year alone. As well as those deaths, police officers and members of the public intervened to save would-be jumpers on 118 other occasions. So why the record? ...
  • NBC Gives the Golden Gate Bridge an Extra Tower

    09/17/2013 1:47:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Sep. 17 2013 | Mollie McWilliams
    Something doesn't look quite right A Redditor with a good eye caught this still from NBC's Sunday night pregame show Football Night in America, where if you look closely, the Golden Gate Bridge has an extra tower. Also in this redesign of the bridge, the suspension cables just drift into space from the three towers (No need for those! They're just decoration!). We're not sure who is photo shopping like mad over at NBC, but one would hope that the person in charge would know the Golden Gate only has two towers. And if they didn't know, maybe they could...
  • Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess [San Francisco]

    04/22/2013 6:05:45 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2013 | Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20 and is known as "420" - drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just...
  • I.R.S. Looks at Finances of Bay Area Clinic [ IRS ]

    09/05/2010 5:57:00 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | Published: September 2, 2010 | By KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI
    The criminal division of the Internal Revenue Service is looking into the finances of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate... ... Agents for the criminal division of the I.R.S. interviewed a former employee of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate on Tuesday at the Oakland field office, in response to a complaint he had lodged. That informant, who declined to be named for fear of how it might affect his future job prospects, said he raised concerns about the financial relationship between the organization and its political arm, as well as about accounting practices. ... [Author's email}
  • Not Talking: Planned Parenthood Tightlipped after Revoking PP Name from Affiliate

    08/31/2010 12:21:18 PM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    Tuesday August 31, 2010 Not Talking: Planned Parenthood Tightlipped after Revoking PP Name from Affiliate By Peter J. SmithSAN FRANCISCO, California, Aug. 31, 2010 ( – Planned Parenthood (PP) Federation of America is not divulging the details behind its decision to revoke its trademark from a San Francisco area affiliate. The decision to distance itself from one of its own affiliates is a step that is rarely taken by PP: even those clinics caught violating the law by pro-life undercover reporter Lila Rose in recent years have retained full enjoyment of the PP name. Planned Parenthood of the Golden...
  • Plans advance for Golden Gate Bridge suicide nets

    02/13/2010 5:34:16 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 91 replies · 1,949+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 13
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Directors of the agency that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge have moved a step closer to approving a suicide barrier along the historic span. The board voted 16-0 to approve an environmental impact report that examines the consequences of hanging steel nets 20 feet below the bridge deck on each side. About 25 people per year die in jumps from the bridge.....
  • Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net

    10/10/2008 9:06:21 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 42 replies · 1,045+ views
    Golden Gate Bridge officials vote for suicide net SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Bridge officials have voted to hang a stainless steel net below the iconic span to stop suicides. The Golden Gate Transportation District's board of directors voted 14-1...
  • Protesters Scale Golden Gate Bridge

    04/07/2008 11:07:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies · 64+ views
    San Francisco (AP) -- Three protesters are climbing up the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge as part of a protest to the coming Olympic torch relay.
  • Madrid Bombing Suspect Had NYC Sketch

    03/02/2005 12:41:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 380+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 02, 2005 at 12:34:38 PST | DANIEL WOOLLS ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - 0302DV-Grand-Central A sketch of New York's Grand Central Terminal was found a year ago in the home of a suspect in the Madrid train bombings, Spanish and U.S. officials said Wednesday. The sketch and data were on a computer disk seized about two weeks after the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people last year, the newspaper El Mundo said. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the FBI had informed the Police Department about the existence of the data on the computer and the city responded by tightening security at transit centers....
  • Golden Gate Bridge closed to bicyclists, pedestrians over protest

    01/01/2007 6:48:07 PM PST · by SmithL · 108 replies · 2,377+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/1/7 | Sabin Russell and Glen Martin
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Golden Gate Bridge is open again to pedestrians and bikers after a hours-long closure earlier today. Highway Patrol and San Francisco police officers closed the bridge after a small group of peace protesters tried to march across the span. CodePink, an anti-war group, planned to walk across the bridge around noon today. The group, with members gathered at both ends of the bridge, was stopped by officers. After about three hours, officials arrested CodePink leader Medea Benjamin and a handful of other protesters for trespassing.
  • Uproar Over Film of Golden Gate Suicides

    04/28/2006 3:15:10 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 49 replies · 1,674+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/28/06
    A documentary that records almost two dozen leaps from the landmark bridge has generated praise and scorn for its maker. For an entire year the cameras rolled, capturing death amid the eerie fog and shifting tides. One by one, filmmaker Eric Steel documented the final moments of nearly two dozen despondent men and women, and the agonizing, four-second fall after they leaped off the Golden Gate Bridge, drawn by the span's tragic beauty. His intent, he says, was to illuminate "the darkest corner of the human mind." If he watched enough people take their own lives, he thought, he could...
  • Retiree delights in building replica of Golden Gate Bridge - 100 foot long 17 foot high

    03/18/2006 5:06:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 450+ views
    The pond on Denny Heasley's property doesn't get nearly as fogged in as San Francisco Bay - not that the span he's building needs to be nestled in fog to bear a striking resemblance to the famed Golden Gate Bridge. The 100-foot-long 17-foot-high replica is painted bright orange - "exactly the same color" as the Golden Gate, Heasley said proudly. A retired excavator, Heasley is getting used to greeting inquisitive passers-by. He estimates that 10 to 12 people drop by on weekends and ask about it. "A lot of people stop and want to know if they can walk on...
  • Coast Guard Celebrates 215 Years of Securing Homeland

    08/04/2005 4:55:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 360+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 4, 2005 | Donna Miles
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2005 – The 25-foot-long vessel bounced over the whitecaps on San Francisco Bay, propelled by 450 horsepower of thrust as it approached the majestic span that's become this city's internationally known symbol. There, below the Golden Gate Bridge, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Gale and Seaman Marcel Gradvohl began inspecting the bridge's piers, abutments, fenders and pilings for signs of tampering or intrusion, and ensuring that no people or watercraft had violated the 25-yard security zone around the structures. Gale and Gradvohl, both assigned to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, are on the front...
  • CA: Toll collector shot at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza

    04/09/2005 11:07:50 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 23 replies · 775+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 4/9/05 | various
    San Francisco -- A spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge reports that there was a shooting at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza tonight. Mary Currie said that a toll collector was shot and that her understanding is that the injury is not fatal. Suspect information or the exact time of the shooting is not available. The California Highway Patrol reports that all lanes on the bridge are open.
  • Mourners' emotional plea for bridge suicide barrier [Golden Gate]

    02/25/2005 7:49:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 651+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/25/5 | Joan Ryan
    ROOM OF GRIEF: Family, friends beseech bridge board in a funereal procession - Patrick Fitzgerald pulled his trademark beret off his head before he walked through the door of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District boardroom Thursday morning. He wore a tie. In his bony, teenaged arm, he cradled a binder of signed petitions calling for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. He had come to deliver the petitions to the district board in honor of his best friend, a fellow senior at the French American International School who killed himself Feb. 1 by jumping off...
  • House Of Cards, Bridge Of Steel

    02/23/2005 8:35:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 434+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/5 | Martha Baer
    Part one in a four-part series "The nice thing about big bridges," says Kary Witt, "is that they're big. You don't blow up a big bridge with a little bomb." Backed up against the Pacific Ocean, weighing in at more than 80,000 tons of steel and nearly 900,000 tons overall, the Golden Gate Bridge looms behind the head of every San Francisco news reporter on the terrorism beat. Along with the Los Angeles International Airport, and Disneyland in Anaheim, it's a poster child for terror targets in California. In 2002, Spanish officials found videos among the possessions of suspected terrorists...
  • DFU SONG: If You're Going to San Francisco (make sure to have Bush stickers on your car)

    11/07/2004 10:36:53 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies · 763+ views
    DFU SONGS | 11-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - SAN FRANCISCO If you are going to San Francisco...make sure you have some Bush stickers on your car If you are going to San Francisco...with some luck, you might drive them too far For those who go to San need to know they are mourning Kerry's loss If he's in concert in San Francisco...they won't smile to hear The Boss Golden Gate is calling...can you see them falling Oh yes...they're suicidal It's insane they're going...we should all like knowing...that they are All suicidal...they're suicidal Those of you who go to San Francisco...make sure you have some...
  • Airborne protester invades San Fran

    03/19/2003 2:40:24 PM PST · by Stopislamnow · 62 replies · 468+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-19-03 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A man protesting the looming U.S. war on Iraq fell to his death from San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday as he was hanging a banner, officials said. "He appears to have been hanging a banner of some kind,"
  • Guardsmen Patrol GG Bridge - Threat prompts security boost on Golden Gate Bridge

    08/12/2002 9:13:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 191+ views ^ | 8/12/02 | AP
    <p>National Guardsmen patrolled below and federal officials watched the skies over the Golden Gate Bridge during Monday morning's commute, wrapping up a weekend of intensified monitoring due to the latest word of a potential terrorist threat.</p> <p>The bridge was placed on a "super-heightened" state of alert Friday through Sunday after information was shared through an interagency coalition Friday, said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 6-12-02

    06/12/2002 7:00:07 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 279+ views
    NASA ^ | 6-12-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 June 12 A Partial Eclipse Over the Golden Gate Bridge Credit & Copyright: Gerard Barkats Explanation: Part of the Sun disappeared behind the Moon earlier this week. Previously, the waning Moon was best visible from all places on Earth during the early morning hours because it led the Sun. As the Moon orbited the Earth, however, the Sun caught up to it and passed it on the...